I really like this idea for an office or a library. Convert an old globe into a pendant light! Seems easy enough. Buy a lamp kit at your local hardware store, take apart a globe and drill a larger hole for the light. Put remainder of light together.
Annie Sloan's Frottage: Paint one coat of the first shade, then while the second coat of the next colour is wet, take sheets of crinkled newspaper and rub it all over and then pull it off. The paper pulls off some of the paint revealing the first layer.